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December 21, 2014

Get immersed in nabe

Enjoy cooking, but don’t feel like doing the legwork of preparing ingredients or cleaning up? Enter nabe, the traditional Japanese hot pot cuisine, where the dining room becomes the kitchen. Such is the case at Nabeya Maido. The eatery provides the broth, raw ingredients and utensils. You and your fellow diners take it from there…

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Warming up to wintertime dishes

Even though our Mainland friends might laugh at this: it gets cold in Hawaii! As the air conditioner turns off and the socks come on, the soups and casseroles that have waited all summer are finally here. Gary Lam, manager of Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant, is happy to share the warmth with you. He’s hand-picked…

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December 7, 2014

Genki Sushi rolls out brand new menu items

At Genki Sushi, it’s all within reach. The kaiten-style eatery puts its sushi and more, front and center on a revolving belt of small plates. See anything that catches your eye? With a myriad of sushi and side dishes, the odds are in your favor. Regulars will cheer when they discover that Breaded Fried Oysters…

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November 30, 2014

‘L’ marks the spot for good eats

We all know L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. It’s the destination for fast-food local style. But did you know L&L goes the extra mile and makes its meals from scratch? Couple this with quick service and reasonable prices, and it’s no wonder people can’t get enough. The eatery’s varied menu also means there’s something for everyone. If…

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November 23, 2014

Comfort food never goes out of style

Lined with picture windows and filled with melodies of Hawaiian slack-key guitar and vintage aloha prints, Kenny’s Restaurant is a place for reveling in nostalgia. The eatery owes its success and position as a community fixture to the preservation of the comforts of yesteryear — not only through hospitable service, but also through plates laden…

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November 16, 2014

Crab legs! You’re it!

If your ideal meal involves stuffing yourself silly with seafood, then Makino Chaya is the place for you. With reasonable prices for lunch (Monday to Friday $12.98, Saturday and Sunday $19.98) and dinner (Monday to Thursday $28.98, Friday to Sunday $30.98), and even an early-bird special (Monday to Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., not including holidays…

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November 9, 2014

A hot nabe sensation

While dreary days easily inspire the sentiment to go home and curl up with a good book, Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant invites you to skip the solitude and, instead, gather friends, family or coworkers for a warm, congenial meal around a hot pot. “Nabe is a great food to bring people together,” says Ichiriki partner…

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November 2, 2014

Happy days are here to stay

It’s no wonder people come from all over the island to feast at Happy Days Chinese Restaurant. Though the interior is spacious, what’s contained inside the Kaimuki eatery’s walls is a cozy retreat filled with smiling customers, chopsticks in hand, digging into plates heaped with tasty, traditional Hong Kong-style eats. While owner Lisa Lum confesses…

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October 26, 2014

A burning desire for spicy ramen

Mention the promise of free food and some people will do anything to get it, even if there is a catch. In the case of Sanji Ramen’s Hellfire Ramen Challenge, the catch is a very spicy one. Where does Hellfire Ramen’s spice level fall on a scale of one to 10? “It’s a 20 or…

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October 19, 2014

Get up in this grill

In one of his songs, Jimmy Buffet sings, “I was hungry and went out for a bite.” Anyone with an empty stomach should heed his words. And Camellia Buffet, the all-you-can-eat Korean yakiniku restaurant tucked off McCully, is just that haven for the hungry. The buffet certainly boasts a multitude of ingredients. There is a…

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